This is a hotel for which one needs a survival guide!!
As in the other review, most taxi drivers do not know where this hotel is. It is in a very small commuter village called "Sacofano" around 14km outside of Rome. If you stay here you will need to print off a detailed map in order to get there, regardless if you plan to get a shuttle, taxi or drive yourself. It is down a small residential road in Sacofano called Via Rimbomba. The hotel itself presents initially as small, pretty and quiet. The reception staff have good english, even though there is usually only 1 person on the desk. They are also helpful, however, they need to be as guests who are not staying as part of a coach trip will need assistance.
The rooms are very small. The beds are rock hard, and a double bed is an obvious combination of two single beds pushed together, leaving an annoying cleft between sides of the bed that will make your back ache! Sleep isn't easy either, the air conditioning can only be switched on - and no further adjustments. This means you need to wake up in the night and turn it off when it gets too cold. You also need to ask reception for the battered remote to use it. You also have a bathroom - with 4 very small and thin towels provided. The tiles in our shower were also poorly laid leading to a flooded floor each time a shower was had. The hot and cold taps aren't marked and also the shower takes a bit of time to heat up, making it a game of luck and skill to create anything other than a tepid or stone cold shower!
By far the most uncomfortable fact about the rooms was the noise. The walls are paper thin, all the rooms are in one bloc with a shared coridoor. It appears the bulk of the hotels' appeal is its ability to house entire coach parties in rooms right beside each other. They make loads of noise, both in the coridoors and in their rooms, often laugh / joke or argue until very early in the morning and call into each other's rooms. They always get to the hotel at about 11pm and leave very eary in the morning (usually about 6am local time), once again being unbearably noisy and slamming doors. All of this thunders down the communal corridoor. If you want sleep here, forget it!! Coach tours stay for 2 days then depart. They are invariably replaced, however, with yet another coachload of noisy, restless tourists behaving in similar manners. The noise level reaches unbearable levels. You can clearly hear each shower, toilet flush, slamming door and footsteps from every room in the hotel. We tried changing rooms twice to be told that the hotel was fully booked. Cleaners also call to each other frequently. The rooms are clean, however. But very spartan.
At reception we were advised we needed to hire a car simply because to get to rome you take the train - the station is over 1km away and treacharous in the extreme to reach by foot due to the fact that 2 way traffic shares a single lane! And it is full of extreme bends. There is a local privately owned bus (rossi bus) that will take you for 80 cent to the train station. It is usually punctual but can be very late, costing you the train you were aiming for. It also runs erratically on sundays. The main problem with this bus is the fact that it doesn't sync up with the trains' departure times; meaning you'll have a bit of a wait especially outside of early mornings. Trains depart regularly only in the early morning, meaning you have to get up very early (my tip is to leave at 7:30am from the hotel) to catch a train, or else wait till the afternoon. The train journey is about 40mins long and leaves you right to piazza flaminio at the bottom of the via dei corso. Trains back depart around once every hour, if you have a car you can drive it to the montebello stop and get on there, these depart every 10 mins at peak times. We didn't have a car unfortunatley!!
The hotel's restauraunt was closed when we were there, as was the only local shop, meaning you have to stock up in Rome with things to eat and drink. The hotel can sell you some bottles of water - but they do not carry a large stock.
They also have little picnic tables, those furthest away from the hotel were not cleaned during our stay.
In Summary, the place was generally uncomfortable - lot of noisy, raucous guests and lots of local barking dogs, complimented by paper thin walls, a communal coridoor and a difficult to control air con with no minibar. I did not sleep well one night I was there. Added to this is the fact it is not easy to get to from central rome, you'll have a job getting there in the first place (it isn't well signposted) and a huge lack of local amenities means my last word must be:
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- Also Known As:
- Park Hotel Sacrofano
- Park Hotel Serenissima Rome/Sacrofano, Italy